Uighur protesters, wearing bandages over mock wounds, hold placards and wave a French flag as they take part in a demonstration condemning violence in China's Xinjiang province, at the Trocadero near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, July 8, 2009.

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The US has stepped up efforts to hold China accountable for treatment of ethnic minority Uighurs in the western Xinjiang region, but new evidence shows continued persecution, with celebrities even being targeted.

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In this file photo, Uighur protesters, wearing bandages over mock wounds, hold placards and wave a French flag as they take part in a demonstration condemning violence in China's Xinjiang province, at the Trocadero near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, July 8, 2009.

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